Attendance

Introduction
Parents and carers have the responsibility to ensure that their child receives full time education. Regular attendance is essential if children are to progress with their learning.

*We would expect parents/carers to inform the school by 9.30 am by phone or in person, if their child is unwell and Absent and unable to attend school.

*We would also expect to be notified if a child has a medical appointment.

Punctuality
Punctuality is an important social convention and late arrivals disrupt the routines of the school. We would therefore request that parents make every effort to ensure that their child/ren are in school for 8.45 am.

Term Time Holidays
Since September 2013 schools no longer have the authority to authorise absence for a family holiday during term time. Any such absence is recorded as unauthorised. We would appreciate advanced notification of any absence wherever possible so we can account for a child’s absence without needing to call home.

Request from absence from school in exceptional circumstances and Penalty Notices

You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).

An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parent.

Parents must complete a request for absence from the school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing for sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.

Where parents do not follow the school’s procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.

If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.

Copies of the absence from school for exceptional circumstances request form with the information for parents , the revised form and the revised Code of Conduct are available below to download.

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